“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:7-8
The word “rubbish” here is translated by Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase, The Message, as “dog dung.” Poop, Crap, however you want to say it. That’s the way I’m referring to the boring and intellectually irresponsible appeal that you don’t know what you’re talking about because you’re trapped in a “western mind-set.”
We are as much as told that we must abandon logos-centered theology and beliefs (that are Western or Greek) in favor of mystic, experiential or existential embodiment theologies (i.e. more Hebraic and Eastern). This ignores that in the Old and New Testament, God’s people have always been people of God’s Word. God speaking in the Bible in no way minimizes the incarnation. Indeed, once the incarnation was witnessed and Christ returned to heaven the means of relating to the event was through proclamation and testimony which is nothing less than words (1 John 1:1-4).
This is a false dichotomy pushed by people who want to show you that they’re too sexy for your thoughts. Arguments that rely on these false dichotomies between “Greek and Hebrew” or “Eastern and Western” may look sexy but they are often nothing more than power plays. And at the end of the day, the appeal that we embrace more “Eastern” or “Hebraic” thinking often is a ploy to lead us further from the Biblical text which points to the Christ. John 5:39
It’s not Eastern or Western thought that should categorize your thought journey. Nor is it any philosophy of thought that would set itself up against biblical thinking. Biblical thinking is that which takes ever thought captive and subjects it to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 It is that thinking which shaped by the things that are true, noble, just, and of good report. Philippians 4:8. It is an ever sanctifying thought process which results in the renewing of a believer’s mind. Romans 12:2
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8
It’s high time we reject such shoddy argumentation and see it for what it is–the use of smoke and mirrors to mislead. Let’s bag the poop and move on.